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Feeling frozen? Learn fun facts and have a (snow)ball at Family Night

The January theme is, fittingly, “Frozen Niagara,” as the Niagara History Center hosts its popular Family Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday  at 215 Niagara St., Lockport.

This kicks off the new year of Family Nights, a series of free-admission monthly programs for families with children ages 5 and up. Each program has a theme based on Niagara County history, expressed through activities for all ages.

A pizza and beverage supper is available for a nominal donation from 5:30 to 6 p.m., followed by a short presentation and then an hour of hands-on activities, games, crafts and role-playing.

The “Frozen Niagara” program will offer a connection to the start of the hit movie “Frozen,” as participants learn about harvesting ice with saws, picks and tongs to store winter’s bounty in the ice house in the days before refrigeration. Activities will include conducting ice experiments and creating a snow globe to take home.

February’s theme will be Niagara County’s ties to Celebrating the Winter Olympics, scheduled for Feb. 20.

Presenters throughout the year will include History Center staff, re-enactors from the museum’s Step Back in Time Players, museum volunteers and facilitators from other community organizations. Family Nights, which began in 2016, are open to all families regardless of residence.

“We’re continuing Family Nights in 2018 because history can be a source of shared fun and learning for children and adults,” says Ann Marie Linnabery, the History Center’s assistant director and education coordinator. “Families can enjoy spending time together as they learn about local history that entertains, as well as teaches.”

Reservations are needed for Family Nights and programs fill up quickly. Call the History Center at 434-7433.

The museum also offers children’s history programs on school holidays and during summer vacation. The History Center receives grant assistance from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

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